Alumni Review - Summer 2012

Paul Sigmund Mayer ’71

Paul Sigmund Mayer ’71, an obstetrician and gynecologist, was born on July 10, 1949, in New York City. The elder son of Eric Mayer, a typographer, and the former Hilde Ehrich, an office manager, he grew up in Syosset on Long Island and came to College Hill in 1967 from Syosset High School, where he had lettered in tennis as well as cross-country and track. While on the Hill, Paul Mayer joined Delta Upsilon, went out for tennis, and participated in theater with the Charlatans. After two years, he transferred to the State University of New York at Stonybrook, where he majored in biology as a premedical student and obtained his B.S. degree in 1971.

Paul Mayer acquired his M.D. from Albany Medical College in 1975 and served his residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he became chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1978, he joined a group practice in Newburgh, NY. Having pursued research in the field of obstetrics, he became a specialist in infertility surgery. A founder and former president of the Mid-Hudson OB/GYN Society, he served on the staffs of St. Lukes and Cornwall Hospitals and chaired their departments of surgery.

Dr. Mayer, a fellow of both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons, founded Hudson Valley OB/GYN in 2000 and served most recently as president of Hudson Valley Women’s Healthcare.  He was also active in the business community, and, as president and chief executive officer of Hudson Valley Investments, he had ownership interests in medical and laboratory services, printing, and real estate. In addition, he was active in the Hudson Valley Jewish community as a trustee of both Congregation Agudas Israel and Temple Beth Jacob.

Paul S. Mayer was still residing in Newburgh when he died on March 18, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He was survived by his mother and his wife, Kristen, and three sons, as well as two sons and a daughter from previous marriages, one grandchild, and a sister and a brother.
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Charles Mayer Rader ’72

Charles Mayer Rader ’72, a clinical psychologist, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where he was born on August 22, 1950. The son of Milton J., a physician, and Edna Saperstein Rader, he attended Poly-Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, and while there he played soccer, ran track, and took part in dramatics. “Charlie” Rader enrolled at Hamilton following his graduation in 1968, joined Gryphon, and became a member of the track squad. He also took to the stage with the Charlatans. Majoring in psychology, he volunteered at Marcy State Hospital and as a tutor at Rome State School. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the science honor society Sigma Xi, he was graduated in 1972.

Charlie Rader soon moved to Minneapolis, where he entered the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota. He served internships and became a consulting psychologist for local mental health agencies as well a volunteer for a neighborhood involvement program and a walk-in consulting center. In addition, he served on the executive board of Alpha House, a therapeutic community. After obtaining his doctorate in 1979, he joined the staff of Vinson Clinic, and in 1983 he began his long tenure at Ramsey County Mental Health Clinic in St. Paul, engaged in evaluation and therapy. There he became senior clinical psychologist while maintaining a private practice on the side.

Dr. Rader, who served on numerous committees and boards of agencies and organizations concerned with mental health, became a locally prominent consultant and counselor for the mentally disabled. Married to Marcea E. Kjervik in Edina, MN, on September 8, 1985, he enjoyed travel, especially taking his young son on field trips. He also enjoyed a variety of sports activities and played soccer for many years with the Mill City Football Club in St. Paul. In addition, he ­collected art and engaged in photography.

Charles M. Rader, a loyal and generously supportive alumnus, was residing in Edina when he died on June 16, 2012. His wife and son, Kirk M. Rader, survive.
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Susan Ann Kinder Haake K’76

Susan Ann Kinder Haake K’76, a highly regarded teacher and mentor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, and a leading researcher on the role of oral bacteria in human health, was born on December 17, 1953, in Bath, ME. A daughter of Edward L., a physician, and Helen Green Kinder (later Schlaack), a clinic manager, she entered Kirkland College in 1972 from Brunswick, ME, as a graduate of Brunswick High School. She concentrated in biology and was one of only two Kirkland women who joined 19 Hamilton men in taking the first course (in embryology) that Professor Sue Ann Miller taught at the College. Years later, she observed that science at Hamilton had provided “a superb launching pad” for her career.

Susan Kinder left the Hill with her B.A. degree in 1976 and went on to Tufts School of Dental Medicine, where she acquired her D.M.D. in 1979. She subsequently received training as a specialist in periodontics at the University of Connecticut. Encouraged to pursue research on oral bacteria and assisted by a scholarship, she earned a master’s in dental science at Connecticut in 1985. Having continued on to graduate study in microbiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, she was awarded her Ph.D. in 1993. Along the way, her research had led to a series of key discoveries about interbacterial adherence, discoveries that underlie our current understanding of the central role that a bacterium, Fusobacterium nucleatum, plays in the formation of dental plaque.

Susan Kinder’s distinguished career at UCLA began when she joined its School of Dentistry faculty as an assistant professor in 1991. There she established her own laboratory and continued her pathbreaking research. Reflecting her broad perspective as both a microbiologist and a periodontist, she provided keen insight into the roles of periodontal bacteria in human health and disease. At the time of her death, she was a full professor and heading an innovative, multidisciplinary project to elucidate the role of periodontal microflora in gum disease.

Besides her research, which garnered numerous awards, Dr. Susan Kinder Haake (she had married Dr. David A. Haake, a microbiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA) was known for her outstanding teaching and mentoring, for which she received the American Academy of Periodontology’s Educator Award in 2008 and again in 2012. She was enthusiastically committed to the advancement of her profession and an articulate advocate for education in the liberal arts in preparing young people for careers in science and medicine.
Susan Haake, an ardent and accomplished athlete and outdoorswoman, was fond of biking, hiking, swimming, and running. She ran the Chicago half-marathon and, as recently as November 2011, ran a Thanksgiving Day 5k race. In addition, she was a talented photographer.

Susan Kinder Haake, who had confronted pancreatic cancer with “incredible courage, dignity, and grace,” died of the disease in Culver City, CA, where she resided, on May 1, 2012, at age 58. She is survived by her husband and two children, Christine and Eric Haake, as well as two sisters and two brothers. For her warm and generous spirit, her colleagues and many friends will long and fondly remember her.
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Marilyn Margaret Stowe K’76

Marilyn Margaret Stowe K’76, employed by Southern New England Telephone Co., grew up in Meriden, CT, where she was born on June 3, 1952. The daughter of Stanley T., a school principal, and Eleanor Winther Stowe, an elementary school teacher, she was graduated from Maloney High School in Meriden in 1970. After attending Hartford College for Women for two years, she transferred to Kirkland in 1973. Concentrating in literature, she was awarded her B.A. degree in 1976. The College has little information on her subsequent activities.

According to a brief newspaper obituary, Marilyn M. Stowe, a resident of Middletown, CT, died on May 2, 2012, while hospitalized in nearby Cromwell. She is survived by her father and a brother, Peter Stowe.
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